The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2019 Vote is LIVE! – The Annual Bloggers Bash

The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards are now open for voting. I’m thrilled to be nominated again this year in the category of ‘Best Blogging/Writing Blog, along with some other fantastic talent! I hope you will all take a moment to visit the voting page and cast your votes for your favorite blogs and bloggers.


It’s that time of year again… The 2019 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards are now open. As always, we had a huge number of nominations. So let me thank everyone who took the time to nominate their fellow bloggers. Without you guys nominating, there would be no bash awards. To the awards:

Winners will be announced at the Bloggers Bash in London on June 15th. The winners post will go live here at 6pm on the same day. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, please click the link below:


Please remember to keep our fun, supportive ethos in mind when voting. Please note, there are 8 categories and you can only vote once per category. 

A word from the committee:

Please note: we will not be entering into any discussions or arguments about the nominations or voting process, the fact that it is an online vote without judges, or the size of nominations in one category compared to another. The awards were designed to be a fun, inclusive extra for those who cannot attend the event in London and this is how it will remain. Unfortunately, we are not going to ever be able to please everybody, and anyone who seeks to cause a fuss will automatically be removed from the voting.


With that out of the way let’s get cracking.

Best Writing Blog LogoFirst up we have Best Blogging / Writing Blog.

Blogging / Writing / Short Stories / Poetry

Suitable candidates for the Best Blogging / Writing Blog offer consistent advice and guidance about blogging, hints and tips for using social media effectively, tutorials, advice on writing, writing prompts or offer beautiful poetry and short stories.

Nominees for this award are:

Anne R Allen’s Blog… with Ruth HarrisElena PetersChris The Story Reading ApeTallis SteelyardJill WeatherholtNight Owl PoetrySue Vincent’s Daily EchoThe Faery WhispererGin LemonadeKaren’s WorldSyl65’s BlogD. G. Kaye WriterHead Full of Dreamsneha98blogThe Rendezvous ClubThe Feathered SleepThe Poem ZoneAnnette Rochelle AbenDean Wesley SmithWillow CroftLosing the Plot, Uptown Oracle,

Please continue reading and casting your votes HERE


Source: The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2019 Vote is LIVE! – The Annual Bloggers Bash

Updates: I’ve Been Featured in Romanceaholic’s Monthly Magazine and my Blog is Nominated for the #BloggersBash

While I was away, the presses weren’t sleeping. I just scrolled through my saved drafts of articles I came across while briefly popping by blogworld.


I was delighted to find that once again my blog has been nominated again for the #BloggersBash awards. And I’d forgotten I was invited for interview as a guest writer for the 10th issue of Romanceaholic’s Magazine last fall. I will share the link to the magazine here, but I’m not sure anyone who isn’t a subscriber will get to view it. Just in case, I’ve included the questions I was asked to answer in short for my feature:



What is an author goal you want to accomplish this year? *

I wanted to take a year off book writing and enter more writing contests and challenges and get myself more involved with marketing and brushing up on the ever-changing publishing industry.


What is something that keeps you motivated as an author? *

Blogging and being part of a blogging community with so many inspiring other writers. Being part of this community offers a lot of interaction and potential friendships with like-minded people and keeps us up-to-date in the publishing industry with the various newsletters and informative posts cultivated by other writers. When a writer needs help, the best place to go is to another writing friend.


Why is writing important to you? *

Writing is a powerful way of expressing ourselves and spreading our messages. Many people have a difficult time expressing themselves verbally. Writing is a wonderful medium to get our thoughts out of our heads and on to paper (or keyboards). We don’t necessarily have to publish everything we write. Sometimes it’s just therapeutic to write to sort our thoughts and get a new perspective on issues.


How much real life do you put into or influences your books? *

All my books are written as memoirs or nonfiction, so my truth and experiences in my writing is all real life.


What is the hardest part of writing for you? *

I can’t really say there is a hardest part. Some parts of the process are definitely more challenging than others. Revising and editing aren’t nearly as fun as writing is for me, but a necessary part of writing to clean up my stories.


What are your current projects? *

I previously mentioned I wasn’t writing a book this year, but that doesn’t mean I’m not working on ideas. I have an outline done and some rough chapters for my next book – a sequel to my Menowhat? A Memoir book – The Change After the Change, because ladies, the fun doesn’t end after menopause!


How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)? *

I’ve always had a knack for titles, so I’m lucky I’ve never had to struggle for titles like many other writers seem to. A title is like writing sales ad copy – we pick out the core essence of our story and work a title around that. My books are often titled after I’ve written the theme and outline, and rarely do my titles get changed by the time a book is finished being written.


What is your favorite genre to write? *

My favorite genre to write in is nonfiction. I am a truth teller and a sharer of stories to inspire, which is at the heart of all of my books. I don’t feel the desire to hide behind a veil when I write. My position is I don’t feel the need to express my stories in fiction why not claim ownership?


Generally, how long does it take you to complete a book from idea to publishing? *

If I’m writing a book, I’m disciplined by my own self-imposed deadlines, which I adhere to. If I’m writing every day, I would say I could finish writing, revising and gone through editor and back in roughly 5 months then add another few weeks for the publishing (hair-tearing) part.


Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or do you prefer to work alone? *

I prefer to work alone, in silence when I’m writing. But I always send my work to a few author friends for feedback before sending it to the editor. Any other nagging issues with my work, I always consult with author friends or within my blogging community.


How much research do you do for your books? *

I do research on my projects before I begin writing. I usually like to survey the books already available in my category, the audience, reviews, and the material offered. But as far as researching my stories, they all come from my own memory and experiences. Occasionally, in my memoirs, I’ve consulted with some of the people in my book for their perspective on certain incidents.


Did you learn anything while writing your book(s)? *

As long as we are writing and reading we are learning.


What would be your next best choice if not writing as a career? *

I couldn’t imagine not writing. I’m pretty sure I’d retire if not writing, then write for a hobby anyway. I don’t believe writers with the passion ever retire from writing.


Do you have any advice for new authors looking to make their own literary statement? *

Write every day. Use writing prompts or free-write daily to exercise the mind. You don’t have to be writing a book to write every day. Read lots of books in your genre, but read lots in other genres too. Reading sharpens our writing skills by seeing different writer styles, voice and phrasing. All these elements will help develop a style of your own. When you discover your style and voice, you can make your statement.


How many books have you written? Do you have a particular favorite? *

I have written six books. Each of my books holds a special place within me. But if I had to choose, I would have to say my favorite book is P.S. I Forgive You. The story is based on the upcoming, and ultimately, the death of my mother and the years it took to escape her narcissistic clutches and the decisions I made to remain estranged from her despite her dying and finding forgiveness for both her and myself.


Why did you choose to use a publisher instead of self-publishing?

I didn’t. I’m a self-published author and proud of my accomplishments.


Do you have a favorite Hero or Heroine from any of your books and why? *

My heroes are every day people. Because my books are memoir and self-help and written from my own experiences, I’d have to say that I am the heroine.


Share one thing about yourself that would surprise people who know you. *

I am very outgoing and a social butterfly, but I freeze up when it comes to public speaking.


If you could go anywhere at all on your next vacation where would you go? *

Back to Mexico. The weather is beautiful, the people are friendly, and I get the best value for my not so great, Canadian dollar.


Favorite social network and why? *

I would have to say Facebook. I get the most interaction there with other writers and my readers. I run a few writing groups with a few author friends and we’ve gained quite a readership. Groups are a great place to share our work, socialize, and run events and promotions.


What was your “dream” job as a child? *

Ha! I wanted to be a singer when I grew up. I did follow the path for awhile but gave it up when I was in my mid-twenties.


Do you have anything you would like to say to your current readers or to those that haven’t yet read your work(s)?

If you enjoy reading stories about real life situations and redemption, whether illness, growing up in dysfunction and overcoming self-esteem, finding the humor in menopause, or how to keep the love going in a marriage, I share those stories and many more in my various books.


Next . . .


I’m thrilled once again to be nominated for the #BloggersBash best blogging/writing blog award. Thank you to all who nominated me. If you haven’t voted yet for some of your favorite blogs, please click on Blogger’s Bash post to cast your votes. And thanks again to all who votes for my blog. ❤💋


Blogger's Bash nominated blog


And Last but Not Least . . .


I just wanted to mention here, since it is an update post, that I have joined It’s a fairly new social media site geared at no privacy invasion, no data stealing and no fake news. It aims to compete with Facebook, where many seem to be leaving lately.

My good friend Colleen Chesebro has already left FB and laying the groundwork for our writing groups and growing a following. I am there still working out the kinks but I will soon be posting all posts I send to share to FB on Mewe once I get organized. Lately, many authors are being treated like spam on FB and having posts removed as am I and my good friend Sally Cronin, who wrote a post about the situation this past week.

Please feel free to friend me at if you decide to join, and hopefully we’ll get a bunch of us over there eventually. Hope to see you there. I haven’t left FB yet, but I’m planning on doing so if they don’t put back my posts. Also note, the mewe contact highlighted in red will not allow me to link here. Please copy and paste it in your browser and it will take you to a page to join and friend me.

Also, Sally Cronin, Colleen Chesebro and myself have set up a writers group there. Once you join mewe, please join our group hangout. Happy to say we only opened the page 2 days ago as of this writing and we’re almost 40 members. Yay! 😊


Literary Divas



The Blogger’s Bash Voting for Awards for Bloggers is Now Open – I’ve Been Nominated

I’ve Been Nominated!




The annual Blogger’s Bash Awards are now open for voting. I was thrilled to discover again from Sacha Black that I was nominated for an award in 3 categories! So first, let me say thank you to all of you who even considered nominating me!


When Sacha informed me that I was nominated in 3 categories but I had to choose one only, it was a tough decision for me. Apparently, you wonderful blogging friends had nominated me for – Best Book Reviewer, Most Inspirational Blogger, and Best Pal Blogger. I thought about it carefully and I chose to go with ‘Best Pal Blogger’ because I felt most comfortable with it and consider all my readers and friends here as pals.


The categories have some tough competition in them, especially my category – Best Pal, where one of my best pals is nominated along side me in the same category, lol.


So now that I’ve explained my choice of category, I wanted to ask if you would take the time for a moment and hop over to Sacha’s blog and vote for me under the Best Pal category. I’ll thank you in advance here and I’ll keep you posted with another blogshare when the winners are announced.


You can Vote Here. And while you’re there, please don’t forget to cast a vote for some of your other favorite bloggers in the other categories.




This is it. The wait is finally over!

The FOURTH Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2018 are now OPEN FOR VOTING.

We had a HUGE number of nominations, close to 400, so thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your favourite bloggers.

Voting closes at midnight on April 30th (BST).The winners will be announced on May 19th at the Bash in London. If you can’t make it along to the event don’t worry, we will put a winners post out on the evening of the same day and we will also try to live stream from our Facebook Group. Although we have pingbacks to all the winners blogs it would be best for you to check back to see if you won. . . Continue reading and Vote here

Voting is open til end of April, so expect lots of reminders from me on upcoming posts! 🙂

2017 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards VOTING OPEN @bloggersbash #BloggersBash – SACHA BLACK

Blogger's Bash Competition 2017

The annual Bloggers Bash is drawing near – June 10th in London England. The voting is now open!


This is the third annual Bloggers Bash and each year it gets more exciting. There are writing competitions, prizes awards, and most of all, fun. And for those who cannot attend, the gracious hosts of this event – Sacha Black, Hugh Roberts, Ali Isaac and Geoff Le Pard keep us up to date with video clips, posts and announcements as time grows nearer to the event, and most importantly after the event.


One of the fun things this gang has organized is Voting for your Favorite blogs and bloggers. The nomination stage has come and gone. The nominees have been selected and now it’s time to vote for your favorite blog/blogger in each of the selected categories. And I’d like to add that I was thrilled to find my name on this ballot in the category for ‘Best Pal’ blogger. So please take a moment and follow the link below Sacha’s post here and vote for your favorite bloggers, and while you’re there, I hope some of you will tick off my name and support me with your vote. I’d also like to thank all of you who initially nominated me to be considered for this prestigious nomination.


D.G. Kaye cartoon


I’d also like to note here that I recently posted an article about my dilemma about if I would be going to the Bash. Since last fall I had full intentions of going to the Bash and then there was a bit of kerfuffle in my life that had my intentions pending. Well it seems that dilemma seems to have sorted itself out with my friend Zan visiting here to look after her mom and while here found out her mom’s cancer, thankfully, hadn’t spread and she has since returned home to her house which still hasn’t sold. But the universe works in mysterious ways and even though those obstacles had deterred me from booking my airfare and have now been rectified, enabling me to go to London and have a place to stay, I sadly, won’t be attending.

My husband hasn’t been well these past few weeks and there is no way I could go thousands of miles away in good conscience without worrying about him every single moment of every day so as it turns out, all those ‘Murphy-like’ delays were a blessing in disguise delaying me to book my airfare which in the end, I would have had to forfeit.


That said, I will live vicariously through my blogging pals to keep me updated on the fun and games. I’m disappointed that I won’t be meeting my many blogging pals in London this year and won’t be able to spend the time planned with my friends Sally Cronin, Sacha black, Sherri Matthews, Hugh Roberts and Christoph Fischer. But the good part is, there’s always next year!


This is it. The waiting is finally over.

The THIRD Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2017 are now OPEN FOR VOTING.

We had a HUGE number of nominations. Hundreds of them in fact! So thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your fave bloggers.

Voting Closes June 2nd at 12pm. The winners will be announced on June 10th at the Bash in London. But if you can’t make it physically a winners post will go live at 5:15pm (BST) on the same day. Winners will have pingbacks to their blogs, but we all know how unreliable that is. So please make sure you check back to see if you won.

If you haven’t bought your ticket for the meet up yet, you can do so here.

TO THE VOTERS – Choose carefully, you can only vote ONCE per award. There are 10 awards, (so this is a long post). Yes, you can vote in each category, but only once in every one. . . Please continue reading and casting a vote in each category for your favorite blogs.



Source: 2017 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards VOTING OPEN @bloggersbash #BloggersBash – SACHA BLACK  



The #BloggersBash Blues – Am I Going to the Bash or Not?

Blogger's Bash Competition 2017



I have been looking forward to going to the Blogger’s Bash since I saw video and blog posts about how fun the last one was last year, and because so many of my wonderful British friends will be there.


When I formulate a plan to do something, I do it. I will move mountains and obstacles and arrange whatever it takes to see me through my mission. The only problem is, I can control my stuff, but I’m not in control of what fates are in store for the people I’m counting on to make my plan come to fruition. Also, when it comes to me and my best friend Zan, we’ve always had a third party meddle in our plans. In fact, this third party has been a part of our lives as long as we’ve been friends, and yet, we’ve always managed a way to dodge or work around “Murphy” and his motto: “If anything can go wrong, it will.”

D.G. Kaye and Zan


Zan and I laugh a lot, and even when there’s a matter we share between us that isn’t a laughing matter, we’ll instantly bring up “Murphy’s” name and blame circumstances on him, because his timing is the absolute worst. So here’s the thing, my plans to get to the Bash in the UK are on lockdown at the moment. Unlocking the plans will depend on whether Murphy sorts himself out before the day of the Bash, plus a day to let me get to the UK, and recover another from severe jetlag.


So here’s the scoop on my our (meaning mine and Zan’s predicament).


Zan is known as someone who is notorious for moving . . . a lot. She has bought, renovated, lived in, and sold many homes throughout her life. She emailed me in March while I was in Arizona to notify me that her house was once again on the market. She presumed the house would be sold and moved out of into a temporary rental while her and her husband built yet another house, but assured me, wherever she was at the time of the Bash, I’d be staying with her because I’m considered family and don’t require ‘guest’ attention or accommodation, a couch would be fine, and I could assist her in packing or unpacking, whatever the case would be at the time. But there have been several interjections by Murphy.


At first I was worried about going to the UK, leaving my husband alone for a week or so, but I had managed to arrange things on that front. Then Zan and I kept missing each other’s calls from Skype (time zone issues) and we finally got hold of one another and she updated me two weeks ago that the house issue was still dragging out with the lawyers of the buyers, and when it does confirm, she’ll have 28 days from that date to pack up, find a rental and move. Yes, the woman is an amazon warrior woman who gets shit done.


We kept stringently in touch of the updates so I could know when it was safe to book my trip and that I wouldn’t be landing in the UK on her actual moving date where I would also be relying on her to pick me up at Gatwick airport, a good hour and forty minute drive away from Kent each way, and the Bash date was growing closer as another week passed before the deal went through and the 28 days begin counting down.


A week ago, we spoke and the deal still wasn’t sealed but she told me to book my airfare anyway and we’ll deal with it when the time comes. Something nagged away at my subconscience and intuition, telling me to wait out the end of the week before booking and wait to confirm all was going to work out before I committed to an airline ticket I didn’t want to lose money on if I couldn’t go. Before last weekend approached Zan Skypes me again with her announcement ‘New Event Updates’, I knew full well that Murphy was making things difficult for both of us to connect.


At first Zan informed me that matters still weren’t sewn up with the house issue, but in the next breath, informed me that she’s coming to Toronto either this week or next. “Omg, what?????????” I threw my hands in the air and pretended to be tearing my hair out on camera as we talked on Skype.


Zan’s mom is ill, a suspected return of a cancer is quite possible. She lives here in Toronto, where Zan is originally from, and Zan’s sister is also ill, her sister being her only sibling and no other family to help their mother out, and considerably too much for her sister to take care of by herself. Of course with all the kerfuffle, we managed to laugh as Zan pointed out that Murphy was up to tricks again because she obviously didn’t have enough on her plate without having to fly back to Toronto in the midst of mayhem, which of course falls onto our plans of me coming there.


Zan said she will stay in Toronto for approximately 10 days to assess her mother’s situation and talk to doctors and when the house closes confirmed, will fly home to pack up her house in whatever time is left on the contract while her husband looks for a temporary home and if need be she’d hire packers to pack up her house, depending on the time frame left. So where does this leave me, besides the fact that I’ll get to spend time with my bestie while she’s here in Toronto?


So I said to her, if she comes and winds up having to stay till the end of May, we’ll fly to the UK together and I’ll still make the Bash. Now, we think that sounds good in theory and we’ve agreed that I shouldn’t book my fare until her life takes some more definite structure, and if things work out okay by mid to end of May, I’ll be purchasing a last minute flight to the UK. On the other hand, Zan isn’t certain if her mom could be living out her last days now, and may have to stay longer in Toronto and merely dash home to the UK for a few days to straighten out legalities and living arrangements and having to fly right back to Toronto again. So basically, Murphy has indeed interjected himself once again into our lives and plans, and as of this posting, I am unable to confirm that I am still coming to the Bash or not, depending on how all these chips fall.


If you found this post confusing, try being me and Zan, but then again, don’t even bother.


I know myself and many of my good friends who will be at the Bash are all waiting anxiously to spend some time and give each other some big hugs and I am doing my best to keep on top of the situation and am fully still willing to come to the UK, if Zan’s situation permits, up until within 3 days of the Bash if it should so work out that way and I can get a last minute deal for late booking as opposed to being robbed by an enormous price for same reason. So I just wanted to let my wonderful blogging friends here know the situation currently, because I know we’ve been anxiously waiting to meet, and if I can make it happen, I wanted you all to know what is entailed in order for me to do so.


Now that you’re all updated with as much as I know up to this point, I will certainly keep you all posted as Murphy the situation unfolds. As Zan says: “Pause, alert . . . watch this space.”


Oh, and I promised to give a shout out to Zan’s little grandies, Poppy and Barney, as they were visiting Zan when we last chatted and they were thrilled to show up in our Skype conversation wanting to know who their glamma was talking to and found it was cool to talk to their grandma’s best friend across the pond on a computer, and to be chatting with a ‘real’ author, lol.  I told you two little cuties I’d mention your name in this blog post. 🙂 Now go to bed.

Writers Need Hugs too! -The BIG BLOGGER BASH COMPETITION 2017

Blogger's Bash Competition 2017


Oh yes, it’s coming back, The Annual Blogger’s Bash will be held this June 10th in London, England! Are you going? Although I live ‘across the pond’ a fair distance away from here in Toronto, you bet your sweet bippy I’m doing everything in my power to get there!

I must get there! Why? I’m overdue to expand my horizons and step out of my writerly perimeters and go where many of my friends reside behind my computer screen, the friends who often keep me sane.

Writers need hugs too! Blogging friends are the ones who can identify with a writer’s struggles, the friends we can turn to when we need a dose of inspiration, or a smiley face and a heart to remind us they get what we do, what we go through as writers. These are the friends we can bounce ideas off of, rant to about our work, and WordPress and computer woes. And these are the friends who cheer us on for our accomplishments, pick us up when we’re in self-doubt mode, and share our work.

That said, how long do we have to know someone before we could burst from wanting to share a real cup of coffee (or wine?) with our friends, the ones we spend most of our writing days communicating with?

Well, this blogger wants more than just virtual hugs! It’s no different when geographically-crossed lovers build a relationship online and reach that point where they have to meet in person because virtual is no longer enough. There’s just too much to say that our fingers couldn’t possibly type as fast as our mouths can gab when we crave the real-time human interaction. This is why I’m going to meet my long-time close friends for the first time, and make new friends with others I’m not already acquainted with.

It’s time to hug my virtual pals and bring their characters to real life! I’m especially excited to meet my good friends, like my great galpal Sally Cronin  Sally Cronin

Hoping my dear friend Tina Frisco with the beautiful soul can make it

Author Tina Frisco


My sweet as Sherri pie friend Sherri Mathews  Sherri Mathews

My fiesty, firecracker of a friend, Sacha Black  Sacha Black

My dashing and debonair friend Hugh Roberts  Hugh Roberts


And my other dashing and debonair friend, and great supporter of my writing, Christoph Fischer

Christoph Fischer

Oh my, I’m blessed to have so many wonderful friends to visit at the Bash, there are so many I can’t wait to meet, just to name a few more:  Ali, Marje, Judy, Sue, Stevie, Olga, Judith, Kevin and so many more. I know before I return home I will have made so many more friendships.

It also helps that my best friend for over 35 years, San (affectionately referred to as ‘Zan’ in my books), moved to the UK almost 2 decades ago. I’ll be staying at her place in Kent, giving me a chance to catch up with her, and a place to leave my many bags, lol. I wouldn’t even be surprised if I could get her to come along to the Bash!

Dynamic duo


Soooooooooo, all those hearts and smileys will soon be coming to real life! And like my bestie, San, always says before I’d come to visit her in England, “Warn the country! Debby is coming to town!”


***Note***** – This post was written for a submission to the Blogger’s Bash Competition. Please follow this link to read more about The Bash and how you can enter a story for this fun event. And I hope to see many of you there!!!!